Day 01 | March - 13 | Monday | Siliguri - Phuntsholing - Paro
Start from Siliguri at at9 am, drive to Phuentsholing by road (4 Hrs). After obtaining required Visa/permit, transfer to Paro. Reach Paro by the evening and stay overnight at Paro. (Optionally One can directly fly to Paro from Kolkata, Delhi or Mumbai. Transfer from airport to hotel can be arranged)
Day O2 |March - 14 | Tuesday | Paro - Chelela - Paro
Depart for Chelela Pass (a 12000 ft pass joining Ha valley with Paro valley) early in the morning for Birding , we will look for Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan and other birds. Return to Paro by 12 noon. Post lunch birding in Paro Valley ,Black-tailed Crake, Brown Dipper, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper would be the main target species. Stay overnight at Paro.
Day 03 | March - 15 | Wednesday | Paro - Chelela - Thimphu - Punakha
In the morning do birding and photography in Pa-chu riverbed. Later transfer to Thimphu. Obtain required extension of visa/permitand transfer to Punakha. Spend some time for birding in the eastern slope of Dochula. Stay overnight at Wangdue/Punakha.
Day 04 | March - 16 | Thursday | Punakha - Phochu Valley - ZigmeDorji NP - Punakha
Drive to Phochu Valley early in the morning, in search of White-bellied Heron. Visit Zigme Dorji National Park in the afternoon also visit Punakha Dzong on the way pack to Punakha . Stay overnight at Punakha/Wangdue.
DAY 05 | March - 17 | Friday | Punakha - Phobjika Valley
Early in the morning transfer to Pelela, a wonderful birding destination and a good place for landscape hunters. Reach Phobjika before lunch. Post lunch look for Black Necked Cranes. Though this is not the best season to photograph Black Necked Cranes (As in March, BNCs start returning to the Tibetan Plateau, their summer residence) we hope to find at least some of them here. Stay overnight at Phobjika Valley.
DAY 06 | March - 18 | Saturday | Phobjikha - Trongsa
Do birding and photography in the morning and enjoy the beauty of world’s one of the most picturesque valleys. Post breakfast transfer to Trongsa and stay overnight stay at Trongsa.
DAY 07 | March - 19 | Sunday | Trongsa - Tingtibi
Post breakfast start for Tingtibi. Birding and photography en route. Visit Bertey riverbed for birding in the afternoon. Stay overnight at Tingtibi.
DAY 08 | March - 20 | Monday | Tingtibi
Birding and photography in and around Zhemgang and Tingtibi. This place in one of the best place in the world to shoot the endangered Gee’s Golden Langur. Stay overnight at Tingtibi.
DAY 09 | March - 21 | Tuesday | Tingtibi - Bongaigaon
Post breakfast transfer toBongaigaon via Gelephu. Transfer to New Bongaigaon Rly.Stn in the afternoon. (Optionally One may opt transfer to Guwahati Airport which is a 3 hrs. drive from Bongaigaon. Airport transfer from Bongaigaon to Guwahati can be arranged with an extra charge)
ABOUT THE SKIPPER
Siddhartha Goswami is an ardent nature lover and photographer. Painting has always been his first love. He is into nature photography for more than a decade and has traveled almost every nook and corner of India and Bhutan. He is the founder member of ’Ecocampers’ a society working against human-wildlife conflict and for conservation of nature.
Bhutan, being very close to his heart he has visited Bhutan for more than 50 times and photographed wildlife and nature.
To see a glimpse of his work log on to: www.siddharthagoswami.com or find him in: facebook.com/siddharthagoswami.photography
Tour Cost: INR 34,950/- (Rupees thirty four thousand nine hundred fifty only) + 4.63 % Govt. Service Tax.
Tour cost includes:
1. All accommodations as per itinerary on twin or triple share basis on EP (Stay only)
2. Vehicle for all transfers and activities.
3. Forest entry fees
4. Vehicle permit, toll, driver allowance etc.
5. Photography tour skipper
6. Entry fees
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2. All meals during tour
3. Bottled water
4. Camera charges
5. Tips or gratuities
6. Any cost of personal nature
7. Insurance of any kind
8. Cost other than mentioned in inclusion
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People of Bhutan love to stay in the valleys rather than hill tops. Bhutan is a country of many beautiful valleys offering plenty of photographic opportunities. After entering Bhutan one can experience the difference with adjacent Himalayan states like Sikkim, Arunachal, Assam etc. Different culture, different architecture and different kind of living of people made the small country unique in every way.
Arunachal, Assam etc. Different culture, different architecture and different kind of living of people made the small country unique in every way.
In this trip we are planning to visit Chukha, Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangdue districts and explore birds and other wildlife as well. Though the primary focus of this tour is wildlife, we definitely will have some opportunity to plan and click landscape and people.
There are five primary target species, Black tailed Crake, Blood pheasant, White-bellied Heron, Black Necked Crane and Gees Golden Langur, which are not only desired by photographers, but a very few photographers have bagged good images of these illusive beauties. Other than these, we may encounter plenty of other rarities like Khalij Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Whitewinged Grossbeak, Brown, Great and Black Throated Parrot-bills, Ibisbill, Alpine and Rufous-breasted Accentors, Rusty Cheeked and White-browed Schimitar Babblers and many more.
There are immense scopes of landscape photography in Bhutan. Snow clad Peaks of northern Bhutan as a backdrop has added the beauty of undulated lush green valleys in combination with emerald green rivers, small streams and fountains.
One of the most distinctive features of the Bhutanese is their traditional dress, unique garments that have evolved over thousands of years. Men wear the Gho, a knee-length robe somewhat resembling a kimono that is tied at the waist by a traditional belt known as Kera.
The pouch t which forms at the front traditionally was used for carrying food bowls and a small dagger. Today however it is more accustomed to carrying small articles such as wallets, mobile phones and Doma (beetle nut). Women wear the Kira, a long, ankle-length dress accompanied by a light outer jacket known as a Tego with an inner layer known as a Wonju.
Architecture is a significant feature of Bhutanese identity. Traditional shapes, colours and patterns of the Bhutanese architecture are unique. Wooden surfaces such as beams, windows and doors are normally painted with various floral, animal and religious motifs and colors, each with a special significance.
However a photography tour to Bhutan is waiting for you with all new experience and with a bagful images to share with your friends.